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Death Comes Darkly (A Detective Heath Barrington Mystery, #1) ✐ Death Comes Darkly (A Detective Heath Barrington Mystery, #1) pdf ✑ Author David S. Pederson – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Can a detective and a policeman find love amidst murder Heath Barrington is an attractive clever big city detective confident strong and crazy about police officer Alan Keyes Down to earth noble and n Can a detective and a policeman find love amidst murder Heath Barrington is an attractive clever big city detective confident strong and crazy about police officer Alan Keyes Down to earth noble and naïve Alan struggles with his desires for Heath versus s America and his guilty conscience Heath’s skills of deduction and reasoning are put to the test as he and Death Comes PDF or Alan work together to solve the murder of an eccentric millionaire in his mysterious isolated estate They search for clues and uncover long buried secrets of the weekend guests while keeping secrets of their own It’s up to Heath to solve the mystery and convince Alan that some secrets aren’t worth keeping and lust can lead to love.


10 thoughts on “Death Comes Darkly (A Detective Heath Barrington Mystery, #1)

  1. LenaRibka LenaRibka says:

    I don't remember when I read a classic mystery novel the last time I almost forgot how much I enjoy it How nice that there are authors who can deliver a solid historic mystery a là Agatha Christie though with its own style and soulWhen detective Heath Barrington got unexpectedly an invitation to spend a weekend at the isolated summer estate of a wealthy industrialist at the Lake Geneva he couldn't turn it down Who would? My summer house has eight bedrooms and though I am inviting other guests you and your wife would be uite comfortable If you choose to bring a companion you would each have your own room And so we have herea weekend in the isolated summer house at the Lake that could be reach only by a lake steamera bunch of strange people who don't actually enjoy each other's company too muchBAD weathera DEAD BODYa CUT telephone cablethe one and the only one phone is DEAD tooand a bunch of suspectsthe number of guestsexcept our detective police officerOf course our brave detective and his companion police officer Alan Keyes didn't imagine their mutual weekend in the beautiful natural surroundings of the lake to turn into a murder investigation but because the local authorities couldn't be reached they had to act officialAnd they did it splendid Before the local authorities arrived they solved the case I enjoyed this book and even if there is no steam at all I didn't miss it The main focus is set on the mystery and if you LOVE Agatha Christie you shouldn't miss this one The writing is very pleasant the mystery is old fashioned but in a good meaning intriguing plot well developed characters I'd like to read of Heath Barrington and Alan Keyes in the future This couple has a big potential Highly recommended Copy provided by the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review


  2. CrabbyPatty CrabbyPatty says:

    Updated to note that the next book in the series is coming in April of 2017 Death Goes Overboard Looking forward to reading it 45 stars Death Comes Darkly has the feel of a classic Agatha Christie mystery in which a group of people spend a weekend in a country estate someone is murdered and everyone is a suspect Set in 1947 in Lake Geneva Wisconsin Detective Heath Barrington is invited by Dexter S Darkly to spend a weekend at his isolated estate Upon arrival he meets the ex Mrs Darkly Dexter's daughter and son in law Dexter's brother in law from his first marriage the servants Bishop and Nora and Harwood Acres the college roommate and lover of Dexter's son Nigel who died 10 years ago to whom Detective Barrington bears an uncanny resemblance Detective Barrington's 1 is his lover policeman Alan Keyes who arrives the next day via train just in time to help him investigate a murder Turns out almost everyone had a reason to kill Dexter Darkly but is the obvious suspect the murderer or is it a set up? The author does a wonderful job of unveiling the truth bit by bit and tosses enough red herrings into the mix to keep the reader guessing until the very end Barrington and Keyes' relationship is hinted at but there are no sex scenes in the book other than a kiss or two Also it appears that Keyes and Barrington have recently met at another murder scene but as far as I can tell Death Comes Darkly is the first book by Mr Pedersen But even if this is the second book in a series it works very well as a stand alone book I would rate this book a 45 stars and look forward to reading by David S Pederson I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review Review also posted at GayBook Reviews Check it out


  3. Ulysses Dietz Ulysses Dietz says:

    And then there were sevenDeath Comes DarklyBy David S PedersonBold Strokes Books April 2016ASIN B01E66ZEFY201 pagesFour starsCharming and witty this unapologetic homage to Agatha Christie—written not only from an American perspective but with a gay central character—is a lot of fun Heath Barrington is a Milwaukee police detective His sweetheart is a Milwaukee cop Alan Keyes While conscious of the dangers of being gay in late 1940s America these men are comfortable in their own skins They play discreet know all the proper rules for survival and manage to maintain flirtatious banter on a par with the actors in a George Cukor film Barrington is a good detective to boot not to mention a snappy dresser Invited to a weekend party at an isolated summer mansion on Lake Geneva in Wisconsin Heath and Alan become embroiled in a mysterious murder in a creepy house full of twitchy characters The references to contemporary noir detective films and mystery novels are explicit as Heath and Alan marvel that they’ve gotten caught up in something like this But there’s a darker side to the plot also linked to love between two young men which serves as a reminder that Heath and Alan are still swimming upstream in a very hostile worldThose of us children of Stonewall who grew up reading Agatha Christie and Dorothy L Sayers will appreciate both the Americanization and the out and cautiously proud demeanor of Pederson’s book While Pederson might paint Barrington’s world view with a rosy brush I’ve no doubt that there were young gay men in America in 1947 who managed to avoid the worst of the oppression and despair that loomed so darkly over LGBT folks before the concept of LGBT existedThis is not one of those romances where there’s a lot of hot action It is true to its genre and what we see is young men falling in love and not being afraid That’s really than enough I sure hope this is just the first in a series of Heath Barrington stories


  4. Sofia Sofia says:

    Murder during a house party in a secluded country house complete with a M Poirot style denument at the finale you know the one where all the suspects are gathered around and the 'detective' exposes his theoriesWhile Pederson's style is very 'tell' rather than show and uite boy scouty it still kept me interested in reading to see what path he was going to take at the end


  5. Ije the Devourer of Books Ije the Devourer of Books says:

    A lovely to read mystery in a classic whodunnit styleI enjoyed this It reminds me of the Agatha Christie style mysteries where there is a group of people gathered in a house or a train or village; all of whom have the motive to murder and any one of them have the opportunity to do itBut instead of Inspector Poirot and Hastings we have Detective Heath Barrington and his friend and fellow policeman Alan Keyes Well Alan is than a friend because not only is there a murder but there is also an illicit gentle and hidden romance and not just between Alan and HeathThis is 1940's America and Heath having solved a recent crime hits the headlines This publicity brings him to the notice of Mr Darkly who invites Heath to come and stay in his remote home on the shores of Lake Geneva Wisconsin and Heath can bring a friend So Heath invites Alan to join him looking forward to spending some time in the man's company and getting to know the strange Mr Darkly who has invited him to stay out of the blueAnd he does get to know him but not in the way he expects Heath encounters an odd group of people at the house Some have been invited and one has invited himself They each have a grudge against Mr Darkly but Darkly has set this weekend up so that he can make amends or so they thinkAnd then it happens Murder is afoot and resentments and grudges from the past are revealed There is no way off the island and no communication with the outside world And so with Alan by his side Heath begins to do what he does best gathering clues and solving murdersThis was an enjoyable mystery with an even pace I found it interesting enough but I wouldn't describe it as thrilling If you like Agatha Christie then you will definitely like this I did enjoy the fact that I couldn't guess who the murderer was and I liked the big reveal at the end Should this turn out to be a series I would definitely read the next storyCopy provided by Bold Stroke Books via NetGalley in exchange for a review


  6. Mark Mark says:

    Agatha Christie meets gay Cluedo LOL No seriously I really enjoyed this book a lot Why? Well first of all it was a thoroughly entertaining read from beginning to end A detective story in the best Agatha Christie tradition with all the trimmings Detective Heath Barrington is invited to a weekend at a country residence by a billionaire after he saw a report about the successful conclusion of Heath’s last case Heath needing a break decides to go with his lover who is also a policeman from the same precinctWhen he arrives he finds a mismatched collection of guests who all have a grievance to bear with their host as he uickly finds out and wonders why he is invited This whole historical set up I loved a big old isolated country house a butler and housekeeper who are a husband and wife team A somewhat cranky and eccentric host and the guests All holed up in this house for a weekend Sound familiar? Well I did start having visions of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None as far as the setting goes but there the similarities end So why have all these guests been invited? Are they there because Mr Darkly wants to make amends for his past? Well it’s not very long before a death occurs in the house and Heath soon suspects foul play I was thrown into a detective story of the best kind No huge shoot outs action scenes with stunts and wild chases in fast cars but treated to a true detective story à la Columbo Powers of deduction is what is needed and Heath has this in oodles but he has a secret and that is he is gay Not an easy thing to be in the 1940s so that’s one thing he needs to keep under wraps also his relationship with his partner policeman Alan KeyesHowever one of the guests has a very sharp and acute gaydar and susses him out but as of this time the respect not to out is there due to the trouble you could cause for yourself and others But what happens when they become a suspect? Does this mean they can blackmail the detective? This adds a whole other twist to solving this mystery and the murderThis book is first and foremost a gay themed historical detective story which is plot driven The main theme is on the murder mystery and not the erotic But adding in the gay angle then it introduces a whole new set of dynamics to the traditional detective story This I LOVED as it makes a refreshing change for me to read something without continuous bedroom scenes I could throw myself into sleuthing with Heath trying to work out “who dunnit” as he goes after the clues and the murderer As I said it is a real treat to read a detective story which is in the best tradition of Agatha Christie and Columbo Even at the end of the story everyone is called into the drawing room and Heath announces who the murder is Did I guess? Yes It was Miss Scarlet in the library with the dagger LOL Seriously though I kind of guessed but the twist as to how no I didn’t see coming So if you’re up for a bit of detective work with a handsome gay detective and a his partner not only at work but in life with a super historical setting then I can thoroughly recommend this book by David S Pederson


  7. A.O. A.O. says:

    I started reading this and stopped at around 20% as I wasn’t excited about it I picked it up and started all over again and HOLY CRAP I WAS HOOKED I'm not that much of a crime fan when it comes to books I prefer to watch a good crime series like criminal minds or something similar because some part of me always assumed that a crime book would not be able to show the crime scene without going overboard with descriptionsIn a sense this is my first crime book and wow I seriously underestimated crime booksThe suspense and tension were light but no doubt present I was curious as to who was responsible because there were five people with motiveThis book was plot driven than character driven even though it was told from a first person POV One interesting fact about this is that first person POV are usually very personal but this read like it was written from a third person POV It was almost impersonal A good strategy if you ask me I liked this because I didn’t know everything going inside Heath’s head and I was able to do my own crime solving without cheatingI love Alan sweet beautiful Alan that I don’t uite understand However I love the way his imagination goes wild and he jumps to the most ridiculous conclusionsI love Woody also I mean damn it must suck that Mr Darkly hated him so much that when he killed himself and made sure the clues pointed to Woody That must suckThere were other characters but Heath Alan and Woody were the only ones I was interested in I almost cried when Heath suspected Woody of Mr Darkly's murder and pork face wasn’t helping that isn’t his real name but let’s be honest calling him that would be an insult to pigsThe prose was smooth and light there was a couple editing errors but it didn’t ruin the story nor were they obviousRead LGBT Book Reviews at


  8. Lisa The Novel Approach Lisa The Novel Approach says:

    When Detective Heath Barrington makes the headlines for solving a crime he captures the attention of philanthropist Dexter Darkly Heath is invited to Mr Darkly’s estate on Lake Geneva and has a chance to bring a companion with him He invites police officer and love interest Alan Keys with the hope of getting to know Alan betterMr Darkly wants to make amends so has also invited various relatives exes and in laws to his estate for the weekend—and there’s one guest who has invited himself Then a murder happens and Heath and Alan find themselves in the middle of a puzzle with a multitude of suspects all pointing the blame at each otherDetective Barrington is confident strong and clever; and Alan is a little shy naive and loyal They both care deeply for each other and make a great sleuthing team Death Comes Darkly is a nicely written classic murder mystery from David Pederson The author gives detailed description of the 1940s along with the sights of Lake Geneva If you really enjoy the murder mystery genre and appreciate the author Agatha Christie Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes or even the game Clue this book will not disappoint There are clues in abundance as well as shared scenarios between Heath and Keyes This was a very entertaining read and I’m excited for Mr Pederson to create another mystery for Heath and Alan to solveReviewed by Maryann for The Novel Approach Reviews


  9. Susan Susan says:

    It's 1947 America and Detective Heath Barrington is invited for the weekend to a secluded house with several other guests Then one of them is found deadTook a while for the death to appear in the story before this there did seem to be a lot of description and not a lot happening An easy readA NetGalley book


  10. Lexxi Kitty Lexxi Kitty says:

    I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books in exchange for a honest review My first book by this author and first MM book I’ve read through Bold Strokes BooksI was going to add a comment about how I normally read lesbian romance fiction through Bold Strokes Books both in relation to the MM nature of the book and to the mystery But then I looked it up I’ve read at least 14 mysteries through Bold Strokes Books – granted the vast majority of those books are in one series the Micky Knight seriesThe CharactersThe book is from the point of view of one Heath Barrington If this was a romance I’d probably include a large amount of information about each character Though I’d probably just be talking about two characters not all of them of importance But since this is a mystery and each little fact might be an important clue my character descriptions will have to be relatively bare bonesHeath Barrington a police detective from Milwaukee The reader learns relatively early on that Heath 1 missed WWII because a flat foot; b was in the police force during the war; 2 is a gay man who is a not out to his family or others; but b has had homosexual relationships; and c really and I mean really enjoys gazing lustfully upon the features of other men The book opens with Heath in the last stages of getting ready to head off to Lake Geneva – he had been invited to go there by a rich stranger who indicated that he wanted to meet Heath – implication being that it’s related to Heath’s one police investigation which he had just completed Significant other connections Talks with his mother on the phone; father alive as well though he is only mentioned; there’s an aunt – sister of his mother who the reader is given to understand is sophisticated than her sister; and there’s a boyfriend named Alan Keyes But he’ll have his own little paragraphAlan Keyes police officer in Milwaukee Is apparently dating Heath Barrington though the relationship is new ish they seemed to have a longer term relationship at the start of the book but then things started popping up indicating that their relationship was actually of a much recent occurrence He gets his own little paragraph because he makes an appearance in Lake Geneva – he’s Heath’s plus oneDexter Darkly a rich old man who has invited a bunch of people to his lake house for a weekend He is in his way this books Mr Boddy – the host in the film Clue who invited a bunch of people to his house though all his visitors it would appear hate their host In this case Dexter’s invitations went to family members and to a police detective Everyone though but for the police the butler and the cook know each other Unlike in Clue Significant other connections Basically everyone he invited plus Nigel Darkly – his favorite offspring; Constance Darkly – his first wifeHarwood ‘Woody’ Acres a young man who had been a ‘special’ friend of Nigel Darkly – Dexter’s son Dexter drove off Woody as he didn’t think he was a good influence on his son He received an invitation like some of the others and decided to attend the weekend festivities Significant other connections Nigel Darkly – his dead gay lover well they were lovers when Nigel was alive; I didn’t mean to imply that Nigel was a vampire or anything like that because he isn’tLorraine Darkly Dexter’s second wife They divorced about 2 or so years ago Received an invitation to attend the weekend eventsViolet Darkly Atwater Dexter’s bitter daughter who had spent ten years on earth before her brother Nigel appeared She was never in her father’s ‘good graces’ since she’s a girl but she definitely got displaced completely when Nigel came along She has kids and is married to Dr Acres Dexter didn’t attend the wedding and it isn’t super clear but I think Dexter has never met his daughter’s childrenDr Preston Atwater Violet’s husband a medical doctor and not formally invited by Dexter to visit during the weekend the invitation was to Violet Darkly not Violet AtwaterMr Donovan Doubleday Dexter Darkly’s brother in law brother of Dexter’s first wife Constance Was not formally invited to the weekend events by Dexter but by his niece Violet Henry and Nora Bishop somewhat elderly butler and cook who had just joined Darkly’s employee shortly before winterizing the house In which they also lived during the winter by themselves to ‘watch over it’The SettingThe year is 1947 The place is Lake Geneva I’m not exactly sure where that is located though it appears to be within shortish train rides from Milwaukee and Chicago possibly Lake Geneva Wisconsin The ‘summer people’ normally turn up in the summer specifically on or after Memorial Day Dexter Darkly though has invited a group of people for a weekend visit before the official start of the season So things are as would be expected colder than normal And the house wasn’t built to be a year round house Most of the action in the book takes place in that house or surrounding itThe MysteryWith the set up being the way it is the murder victim should be clear as day eh? There is a gathering of people at a lake house Everyone except supposedly the butler cook and the two police officers has a motive – and a hatred of the owner of that house Naturally that means that the owner is the one who died And everyone had opportunity and meansThere’s a storm that hit around the time the murder occurred and outside communication as it tends to do in these types of books has been cut off for a short period of time a night? Longer?So there is a murder Due to the circumstances of the events there are a limited number of possible suspects All but four have stated motives the husband of Violet Dr Acres has a less visible motive but is the husband of Dexter’s daughter implication being that whatever motive that Violet might have could conceivably be stretched to include the husband; or you know being the husband of the rich Dexter Darkly’s only living offspring could be a motive in and of itself Those four without obvious motives being Heath Barrington Alan Keyes Nora Henry Bishop Those with obvious motives include Woody Acres Violet Atwater and Lorraine Darkly Those with slightly less obvious motives would include Dr Atwater and Mr Donovan Doubleday Just like I mentioned the film Clue in another section there’s a vaguely strong vibe coming off the book for various reasons Gathering of people who hate the host Storm outside Certain identity uestions Etc But then again there was also a vague vibe of Ten Little Indians by Agatha Christie at least there was before I started A gathering of people to a remote location Cut off for a certain amount of time Death descends except there’s less death here than I’d expect so that wipes that connection eh?The Police WorkFiction of a certain era the 1920s Golden Age had a tendency to include a scene wherein the police talk in front of a crowd of suspects Various ways that can come about but they tended to do that when they wished to ‘reveal’ what happened or – often wished to get a suspect to do or say something revealing The point is that they already have the facts There is a purpose to their madness so to speakThe idea of interviewing witnessessuspects separate from one another was a concept known by 1947 At least in fiction I know because I’ve read books from before then written before then; not referring to books set before then that made a point of having separate interviews I mention because the very first interview if I recall the seuence right was a joint one Involving both Nora and Henry Bishop butler and cook – married to each other Then some separate interviews then an interview conducted before all parties during dinner – including in said interview those who had not yet had a discussion with the out of jurisdiction police Heath Barrington and Alan Keyes are police in Milwaukee not Lake Geneva And the thing you would expect to happen happened – well one of the things a conflict broke out with people pointing fingers and the like What do you expect if you start a discussion like that at dinner? note I mentioned that dramatic ‘reveal’ in the drawing room type of thing that occurred in 1920s books well I didn’t mean to imply by mentioning the dinner group interview that the dramatic reveal did or didn’t occur I think I’m being pointlessly cryptic therePoor police work there shrugs I don’t know there’s a point of mentioning that Barrington has had only one case as a detective Maybe he’s just really green?That group interview thing gets repeated than once Annoying that More police work appears much in line with what I expect That group interview thing though reads like something someone saw in a film or read in an old book ‘I strode about the room amongst them as I spoke I’d seen a detective do that in a movie once’ – location 2753 of 3140 MmphsOverallThe book didn’t immediately pull me in but there were definitely moments when I felt drawn into the actionevents Vaguely confusing about the number of gay men bouncing around in the book Heath’s there because he’s the star of the show; Alan gets pulled in because he’s Heath’s ‘plus one’ for the weekend vacation at Lake Geneva But then there’s also the dead son Nigel and Nigel’s ‘special friend’ Woody Acres I believe that’s four than I usually encounter in mysteries set in the early part of the 20th centuryMoving on to the mystery – it’s well written for what it is Intriguing even It’s relatively thin but still you don’t need a whole lot to create a mystery novel Some odd choices by the guy unofficially playing detective sure he is a police detective but not in that jurisdiction Overall you know how I keep mentioning the film Clue? Well I have good reason for doing so Complicated book it was Interesting Enjoyable Readable and entertaining And if this actually is a start to a series I’d read the next March 8 2016


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10 thoughts on “Death Comes Darkly (A Detective Heath Barrington Mystery, #1)

  1. LenaRibka LenaRibka says:

    I don't remember when I read a classic mystery novel the last time I almost forgot how much I enjoy it How nice that there are authors who can deliver a solid historic mystery a là Agatha Christie though with its own style and soulWhen detective Heath Barrington got unexpectedly an invitation to spend a weekend at the isolated summer estate of a wealthy industrialist at the Lake Geneva he couldn't turn it down Who would? My summer house has eight bedrooms and though I am inviting other guests you and your wife would be uite comfortable If you choose to bring a companion you would each have your own room And so we have herea weekend in the isolated summer house at the Lake that could be reach only by a lake steamera bunch of strange people who don't actually enjoy each other's company too muchBAD weathera DEAD BODYa CUT telephone cablethe one and the only one phone is DEAD tooand a bunch of suspectsthe number of guestsexcept our detective police officerOf course our brave detective and his companion police officer Alan Keyes didn't imagine their mutual weekend in the beautiful natural surroundings of the lake to turn into a murder investigation but because the local authorities couldn't be reached they had to act officialAnd they did it splendid Before the local authorities arrived they solved the case I enjoyed this book and even if there is no steam at all I didn't miss it The main focus is set on the mystery and if you LOVE Agatha Christie you shouldn't miss this one The writing is very pleasant the mystery is old fashioned but in a good meaning intriguing plot well developed characters I'd like to read of Heath Barrington and Alan Keyes in the future This couple has a big potential Highly recommended Copy provided by the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  2. CrabbyPatty CrabbyPatty says:

    Updated to note that the next book in the series is coming in April of 2017 Death Goes Overboard Looking forward to reading it 45 stars Death Comes Darkly has the feel of a classic Agatha Christie mystery in which a group of people spend a weekend in a country estate someone is murdered and everyone is a suspect Set in 1947 in Lake Geneva Wisconsin Detective Heath Barrington is invited by Dexter S Darkly to spend a weekend at his isolated estate Upon arrival he meets the ex Mrs Darkly Dexter's daughter and son in law Dexter's brother in law from his first marriage the servants Bishop and Nora and Harwood Acres the college roommate and lover of Dexter's son Nigel who died 10 years ago to whom Detective Barrington bears an uncanny resemblance Detective Barrington's 1 is his lover policeman Alan Keyes who arrives the next day via train just in time to help him investigate a murder Turns out almost everyone had a reason to kill Dexter Darkly but is the obvious suspect the murderer or is it a set up? The author does a wonderful job of unveiling the truth bit by bit and tosses enough red herrings into the mix to keep the reader guessing until the very end Barrington and Keyes' relationship is hinted at but there are no sex scenes in the book other than a kiss or two Also it appears that Keyes and Barrington have recently met at another murder scene but as far as I can tell Death Comes Darkly is the first book by Mr Pedersen But even if this is the second book in a series it works very well as a stand alone book I would rate this book a 45 stars and look forward to reading by David S Pederson I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review Review also posted at GayBook Reviews Check it out

  3. Ulysses Dietz Ulysses Dietz says:

    And then there were sevenDeath Comes DarklyBy David S PedersonBold Strokes Books April 2016ASIN B01E66ZEFY201 pagesFour starsCharming and witty this unapologetic homage to Agatha Christie—written not only from an American perspective but with a gay central character—is a lot of fun Heath Barrington is a Milwaukee police detective His sweetheart is a Milwaukee cop Alan Keyes While conscious of the dangers of being gay in late 1940s America these men are comfortable in their own skins They play discreet know all the proper rules for survival and manage to maintain flirtatious banter on a par with the actors in a George Cukor film Barrington is a good detective to boot not to mention a snappy dresser Invited to a weekend party at an isolated summer mansion on Lake Geneva in Wisconsin Heath and Alan become embroiled in a mysterious murder in a creepy house full of twitchy characters The references to contemporary noir detective films and mystery novels are explicit as Heath and Alan marvel that they’ve gotten caught up in something like this But there’s a darker side to the plot also linked to love between two young men which serves as a reminder that Heath and Alan are still swimming upstream in a very hostile worldThose of us children of Stonewall who grew up reading Agatha Christie and Dorothy L Sayers will appreciate both the Americanization and the out and cautiously proud demeanor of Pederson’s book While Pederson might paint Barrington’s world view with a rosy brush I’ve no doubt that there were young gay men in America in 1947 who managed to avoid the worst of the oppression and despair that loomed so darkly over LGBT folks before the concept of LGBT existedThis is not one of those romances where there’s a lot of hot action It is true to its genre and what we see is young men falling in love and not being afraid That’s really than enough I sure hope this is just the first in a series of Heath Barrington stories

  4. Sofia Sofia says:

    Murder during a house party in a secluded country house complete with a M Poirot style denument at the finale you know the one where all the suspects are gathered around and the 'detective' exposes his theoriesWhile Pederson's style is very 'tell' rather than show and uite boy scouty it still kept me interested in reading to see what path he was going to take at the end

  5. Ije the Devourer of Books Ije the Devourer of Books says:

    A lovely to read mystery in a classic whodunnit styleI enjoyed this It reminds me of the Agatha Christie style mysteries where there is a group of people gathered in a house or a train or village; all of whom have the motive to murder and any one of them have the opportunity to do itBut instead of Inspector Poirot and Hastings we have Detective Heath Barrington and his friend and fellow policeman Alan Keyes Well Alan is than a friend because not only is there a murder but there is also an illicit gentle and hidden romance and not just between Alan and HeathThis is 1940's America and Heath having solved a recent crime hits the headlines This publicity brings him to the notice of Mr Darkly who invites Heath to come and stay in his remote home on the shores of Lake Geneva Wisconsin and Heath can bring a friend So Heath invites Alan to join him looking forward to spending some time in the man's company and getting to know the strange Mr Darkly who has invited him to stay out of the blueAnd he does get to know him but not in the way he expects Heath encounters an odd group of people at the house Some have been invited and one has invited himself They each have a grudge against Mr Darkly but Darkly has set this weekend up so that he can make amends or so they thinkAnd then it happens Murder is afoot and resentments and grudges from the past are revealed There is no way off the island and no communication with the outside world And so with Alan by his side Heath begins to do what he does best gathering clues and solving murdersThis was an enjoyable mystery with an even pace I found it interesting enough but I wouldn't describe it as thrilling If you like Agatha Christie then you will definitely like this I did enjoy the fact that I couldn't guess who the murderer was and I liked the big reveal at the end Should this turn out to be a series I would definitely read the next storyCopy provided by Bold Stroke Books via NetGalley in exchange for a review

  6. Mark Mark says:

    Agatha Christie meets gay Cluedo LOL No seriously I really enjoyed this book a lot Why? Well first of all it was a thoroughly entertaining read from beginning to end A detective story in the best Agatha Christie tradition with all the trimmings Detective Heath Barrington is invited to a weekend at a country residence by a billionaire after he saw a report about the successful conclusion of Heath’s last case Heath needing a break decides to go with his lover who is also a policeman from the same precinctWhen he arrives he finds a mismatched collection of guests who all have a grievance to bear with their host as he uickly finds out and wonders why he is invited This whole historical set up I loved a big old isolated country house a butler and housekeeper who are a husband and wife team A somewhat cranky and eccentric host and the guests All holed up in this house for a weekend Sound familiar? Well I did start having visions of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None as far as the setting goes but there the similarities end So why have all these guests been invited? Are they there because Mr Darkly wants to make amends for his past? Well it’s not very long before a death occurs in the house and Heath soon suspects foul play I was thrown into a detective story of the best kind No huge shoot outs action scenes with stunts and wild chases in fast cars but treated to a true detective story à la Columbo Powers of deduction is what is needed and Heath has this in oodles but he has a secret and that is he is gay Not an easy thing to be in the 1940s so that’s one thing he needs to keep under wraps also his relationship with his partner policeman Alan KeyesHowever one of the guests has a very sharp and acute gaydar and susses him out but as of this time the respect not to out is there due to the trouble you could cause for yourself and others But what happens when they become a suspect? Does this mean they can blackmail the detective? This adds a whole other twist to solving this mystery and the murderThis book is first and foremost a gay themed historical detective story which is plot driven The main theme is on the murder mystery and not the erotic But adding in the gay angle then it introduces a whole new set of dynamics to the traditional detective story This I LOVED as it makes a refreshing change for me to read something without continuous bedroom scenes I could throw myself into sleuthing with Heath trying to work out “who dunnit” as he goes after the clues and the murderer As I said it is a real treat to read a detective story which is in the best tradition of Agatha Christie and Columbo Even at the end of the story everyone is called into the drawing room and Heath announces who the murder is Did I guess? Yes It was Miss Scarlet in the library with the dagger LOL Seriously though I kind of guessed but the twist as to how no I didn’t see coming So if you’re up for a bit of detective work with a handsome gay detective and a his partner not only at work but in life with a super historical setting then I can thoroughly recommend this book by David S Pederson

  7. A.O. A.O. says:

    I started reading this and stopped at around 20% as I wasn’t excited about it I picked it up and started all over again and HOLY CRAP I WAS HOOKED I'm not that much of a crime fan when it comes to books I prefer to watch a good crime series like criminal minds or something similar because some part of me always assumed that a crime book would not be able to show the crime scene without going overboard with descriptionsIn a sense this is my first crime book and wow I seriously underestimated crime booksThe suspense and tension were light but no doubt present I was curious as to who was responsible because there were five people with motiveThis book was plot driven than character driven even though it was told from a first person POV One interesting fact about this is that first person POV are usually very personal but this read like it was written from a third person POV It was almost impersonal A good strategy if you ask me I liked this because I didn’t know everything going inside Heath’s head and I was able to do my own crime solving without cheatingI love Alan sweet beautiful Alan that I don’t uite understand However I love the way his imagination goes wild and he jumps to the most ridiculous conclusionsI love Woody also I mean damn it must suck that Mr Darkly hated him so much that when he killed himself and made sure the clues pointed to Woody That must suckThere were other characters but Heath Alan and Woody were the only ones I was interested in I almost cried when Heath suspected Woody of Mr Darkly's murder and pork face wasn’t helping that isn’t his real name but let’s be honest calling him that would be an insult to pigsThe prose was smooth and light there was a couple editing errors but it didn’t ruin the story nor were they obviousRead LGBT Book Reviews at

  8. Lisa The Novel Approach Lisa The Novel Approach says:

    When Detective Heath Barrington makes the headlines for solving a crime he captures the attention of philanthropist Dexter Darkly Heath is invited to Mr Darkly’s estate on Lake Geneva and has a chance to bring a companion with him He invites police officer and love interest Alan Keys with the hope of getting to know Alan betterMr Darkly wants to make amends so has also invited various relatives exes and in laws to his estate for the weekend—and there’s one guest who has invited himself Then a murder happens and Heath and Alan find themselves in the middle of a puzzle with a multitude of suspects all pointing the blame at each otherDetective Barrington is confident strong and clever; and Alan is a little shy naive and loyal They both care deeply for each other and make a great sleuthing team Death Comes Darkly is a nicely written classic murder mystery from David Pederson The author gives detailed description of the 1940s along with the sights of Lake Geneva If you really enjoy the murder mystery genre and appreciate the author Agatha Christie Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes or even the game Clue this book will not disappoint There are clues in abundance as well as shared scenarios between Heath and Keyes This was a very entertaining read and I’m excited for Mr Pederson to create another mystery for Heath and Alan to solveReviewed by Maryann for The Novel Approach Reviews

  9. Susan Susan says:

    It's 1947 America and Detective Heath Barrington is invited for the weekend to a secluded house with several other guests Then one of them is found deadTook a while for the death to appear in the story before this there did seem to be a lot of description and not a lot happening An easy readA NetGalley book

  10. Lexxi Kitty Lexxi Kitty says:

    I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books in exchange for a honest review My first book by this author and first MM book I’ve read through Bold Strokes BooksI was going to add a comment about how I normally read lesbian romance fiction through Bold Strokes Books both in relation to the MM nature of the book and to the mystery But then I looked it up I’ve read at least 14 mysteries through Bold Strokes Books – granted the vast majority of those books are in one series the Micky Knight seriesThe CharactersThe book is from the point of view of one Heath Barrington If this was a romance I’d probably include a large amount of information about each character Though I’d probably just be talking about two characters not all of them of importance But since this is a mystery and each little fact might be an important clue my character descriptions will have to be relatively bare bonesHeath Barrington a police detective from Milwaukee The reader learns relatively early on that Heath 1 missed WWII because a flat foot; b was in the police force during the war; 2 is a gay man who is a not out to his family or others; but b has had homosexual relationships; and c really and I mean really enjoys gazing lustfully upon the features of other men The book opens with Heath in the last stages of getting ready to head off to Lake Geneva – he had been invited to go there by a rich stranger who indicated that he wanted to meet Heath – implication being that it’s related to Heath’s one police investigation which he had just completed Significant other connections Talks with his mother on the phone; father alive as well though he is only mentioned; there’s an aunt – sister of his mother who the reader is given to understand is sophisticated than her sister; and there’s a boyfriend named Alan Keyes But he’ll have his own little paragraphAlan Keyes police officer in Milwaukee Is apparently dating Heath Barrington though the relationship is new ish they seemed to have a longer term relationship at the start of the book but then things started popping up indicating that their relationship was actually of a much recent occurrence He gets his own little paragraph because he makes an appearance in Lake Geneva – he’s Heath’s plus oneDexter Darkly a rich old man who has invited a bunch of people to his lake house for a weekend He is in his way this books Mr Boddy – the host in the film Clue who invited a bunch of people to his house though all his visitors it would appear hate their host In this case Dexter’s invitations went to family members and to a police detective Everyone though but for the police the butler and the cook know each other Unlike in Clue Significant other connections Basically everyone he invited plus Nigel Darkly – his favorite offspring; Constance Darkly – his first wifeHarwood ‘Woody’ Acres a young man who had been a ‘special’ friend of Nigel Darkly – Dexter’s son Dexter drove off Woody as he didn’t think he was a good influence on his son He received an invitation like some of the others and decided to attend the weekend festivities Significant other connections Nigel Darkly – his dead gay lover well they were lovers when Nigel was alive; I didn’t mean to imply that Nigel was a vampire or anything like that because he isn’tLorraine Darkly Dexter’s second wife They divorced about 2 or so years ago Received an invitation to attend the weekend eventsViolet Darkly Atwater Dexter’s bitter daughter who had spent ten years on earth before her brother Nigel appeared She was never in her father’s ‘good graces’ since she’s a girl but she definitely got displaced completely when Nigel came along She has kids and is married to Dr Acres Dexter didn’t attend the wedding and it isn’t super clear but I think Dexter has never met his daughter’s childrenDr Preston Atwater Violet’s husband a medical doctor and not formally invited by Dexter to visit during the weekend the invitation was to Violet Darkly not Violet AtwaterMr Donovan Doubleday Dexter Darkly’s brother in law brother of Dexter’s first wife Constance Was not formally invited to the weekend events by Dexter but by his niece Violet Henry and Nora Bishop somewhat elderly butler and cook who had just joined Darkly’s employee shortly before winterizing the house In which they also lived during the winter by themselves to ‘watch over it’The SettingThe year is 1947 The place is Lake Geneva I’m not exactly sure where that is located though it appears to be within shortish train rides from Milwaukee and Chicago possibly Lake Geneva Wisconsin The ‘summer people’ normally turn up in the summer specifically on or after Memorial Day Dexter Darkly though has invited a group of people for a weekend visit before the official start of the season So things are as would be expected colder than normal And the house wasn’t built to be a year round house Most of the action in the book takes place in that house or surrounding itThe MysteryWith the set up being the way it is the murder victim should be clear as day eh? There is a gathering of people at a lake house Everyone except supposedly the butler cook and the two police officers has a motive – and a hatred of the owner of that house Naturally that means that the owner is the one who died And everyone had opportunity and meansThere’s a storm that hit around the time the murder occurred and outside communication as it tends to do in these types of books has been cut off for a short period of time a night? Longer?So there is a murder Due to the circumstances of the events there are a limited number of possible suspects All but four have stated motives the husband of Violet Dr Acres has a less visible motive but is the husband of Dexter’s daughter implication being that whatever motive that Violet might have could conceivably be stretched to include the husband; or you know being the husband of the rich Dexter Darkly’s only living offspring could be a motive in and of itself Those four without obvious motives being Heath Barrington Alan Keyes Nora Henry Bishop Those with obvious motives include Woody Acres Violet Atwater and Lorraine Darkly Those with slightly less obvious motives would include Dr Atwater and Mr Donovan Doubleday Just like I mentioned the film Clue in another section there’s a vaguely strong vibe coming off the book for various reasons Gathering of people who hate the host Storm outside Certain identity uestions Etc But then again there was also a vague vibe of Ten Little Indians by Agatha Christie at least there was before I started A gathering of people to a remote location Cut off for a certain amount of time Death descends except there’s less death here than I’d expect so that wipes that connection eh?The Police WorkFiction of a certain era the 1920s Golden Age had a tendency to include a scene wherein the police talk in front of a crowd of suspects Various ways that can come about but they tended to do that when they wished to ‘reveal’ what happened or – often wished to get a suspect to do or say something revealing The point is that they already have the facts There is a purpose to their madness so to speakThe idea of interviewing witnessessuspects separate from one another was a concept known by 1947 At least in fiction I know because I’ve read books from before then written before then; not referring to books set before then that made a point of having separate interviews I mention because the very first interview if I recall the seuence right was a joint one Involving both Nora and Henry Bishop butler and cook – married to each other Then some separate interviews then an interview conducted before all parties during dinner – including in said interview those who had not yet had a discussion with the out of jurisdiction police Heath Barrington and Alan Keyes are police in Milwaukee not Lake Geneva And the thing you would expect to happen happened – well one of the things a conflict broke out with people pointing fingers and the like What do you expect if you start a discussion like that at dinner? note I mentioned that dramatic ‘reveal’ in the drawing room type of thing that occurred in 1920s books well I didn’t mean to imply by mentioning the dinner group interview that the dramatic reveal did or didn’t occur I think I’m being pointlessly cryptic therePoor police work there shrugs I don’t know there’s a point of mentioning that Barrington has had only one case as a detective Maybe he’s just really green?That group interview thing gets repeated than once Annoying that More police work appears much in line with what I expect That group interview thing though reads like something someone saw in a film or read in an old book ‘I strode about the room amongst them as I spoke I’d seen a detective do that in a movie once’ – location 2753 of 3140 MmphsOverallThe book didn’t immediately pull me in but there were definitely moments when I felt drawn into the actionevents Vaguely confusing about the number of gay men bouncing around in the book Heath’s there because he’s the star of the show; Alan gets pulled in because he’s Heath’s ‘plus one’ for the weekend vacation at Lake Geneva But then there’s also the dead son Nigel and Nigel’s ‘special friend’ Woody Acres I believe that’s four than I usually encounter in mysteries set in the early part of the 20th centuryMoving on to the mystery – it’s well written for what it is Intriguing even It’s relatively thin but still you don’t need a whole lot to create a mystery novel Some odd choices by the guy unofficially playing detective sure he is a police detective but not in that jurisdiction Overall you know how I keep mentioning the film Clue? Well I have good reason for doing so Complicated book it was Interesting Enjoyable Readable and entertaining And if this actually is a start to a series I’d read the next March 8 2016

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